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Ristar (Game Gear)

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Title Screen


Also known as: Ristar the Shooting Star (JP)
Developer: Japan System House[1]
Publisher: Sega[1]
Platform: Game Gear
Released in JP: February 17, 1995[1]
Released in US: February 16, 1995[1]
Released in EU: 1995[1]

LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

The Game Gear Ristar is a bite-sized version of the better-known Genesis game. It's slower-paced than the 16-bit version and has a greater focus on platforming, but the premise is identical: use your rubbery arms and lethal headbanging skills to take down a space dictator and save the galaxy.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Debug Mode


Enter the password KUMI and "DEBUG MODE ON!" will appear on the screen. During the game, pause, then un-pause while holding Up + 2 for the Level Select menu, 2 alone to skip the current level, or 1 + 2 to hard reset the game.

(Source: GameFAQs)

Regional Differences

All regions got the exact same ROM, with differences activated based on the region of the Game Gear you're playing on.

Title Screen

The international versions remove "the shooting star" subtitle from the title screen, much like the Genesis localization.

JP Final US Final
Ristar GG - Japanese Title Screen.png Ggristar-title.png

Round Title Cards

The round title cards appear to look closer to the Genesis version in the Japanese version as they have a similar shape pattern on the right side. This was removed in the international versions for unknown reasons.

JP Final US Final
Ristar - GG Neer Round Title Card JP Final.png Ristar GG Round Title Card (Final).png

Planet Names

Much like its Genesis counterpart, the planet names are all different between versions:

Japan US/Europe
Neer Flora
Fanturn Terra
Neous Sonata
Timu Freon
Rewope Automaton

Skipped Level

The first level of Planet Fanturn/Terra is skipped in the international versions (which in turn renders its music, "Ring Rink", unused outside of the Sound Test). This was done at the request of Sega of America, as a hearing survey reported that a level about walking on rainbows and clouds would make no sense to American children.

(Source: Alice Kagamino)

The level can be accessed with Game Genie code C21-CEF-C41.